The efforts of Hon. Gbolahan Olusegun Yishawu, member representing Eti-Osa Constituency 02 at the Lagos State House of Assembly to fast track development of the constituency in line with his electoral promises have begun to yield positive fruits, one year after.
OBALENDE TRANSFORMATION ASSEMBLY
One area in which this has become evident is the “Obalende Transformation Initiative” which he championed. The initiative is to see to the cleaning of drains, de-silting of canals, the rehabilitation and beautification of Obalende round-about Project which has received approval for execution will see to the construction of drains from two different points to link up with the McGregor canal, St. Gregory road drain, the drain behind the motor park and the adjoining street drains; and the re-fencing of the proposed lined Earth Channel.
GOY FOSTER GRASS ROOT SPORTS
The efforts by GOY Academy to discover and nurture talents in football and other sports at the grassroots, through sponsorship of various various competitions and presentation of trophies, in which teams compete for has been praised by constituents of Eti-Osa Constituency 02
Following the success of the recently organized grass root sports event facilitated by Hon. Yishawu his constituency have specially expressed gratitude to GOY for the football competition organized for all the barracks in the constituency, which her; Obalende Barracks, Dodan Barracks, Mopol 2 Barracks, Mopol 24 Barracks, Giwa Signal Barracks, Falomo Police Barracks (which could not participate due to bereavement), Prison warders’ Barracks, Ikoyi, Ijeh Police Barracks, Club road Police Barracks, Bar-Beach Police Barracks, Victoria Island, Mounted Troops Police Barracks, Ikoyi, Legico Air-Force Base, Victoria Island, Police Affairs and Liason Office, Kofo Abayomi, Victoria Island.
GOY EMPOWERS CONSTITUENTS OF ETI-OSA
A give-back mechanism to improve the quality of the life of the people of Eti-Osa Constituency 02 has been set up by Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu. This intervention of vocational skills, a health initiative to kick out malaria from the constituency, through fumigation exercise; setting up Viewing Centres where youths can be positively engaged with educational and entertainment programmes on TV; promotion of grassroots sports development under the auspices of the GOY academy; provision of transformers to boost power supply in the community; and ensuring the availability of good quality water for the constituents through the construction of boreholes and connection of communities to Lagos State Water Corporation System.
Hon. Yishawu who represents Eti-Osa 02 Constituency at the Lagos State House of Assembly and doubles as the Vice Chairman Education, Science and Technology committee in the Assembly in this interview shares some of his objective to empower his constituents and his committees initiatives.
It is common for many politicians of this generation say they are answering to a particular calling. What are your own political objectives?
At this stage of my political mission, it is all about representing the people. So my focus is to ensure that the people of our constituency reap the benefits of democracy. Therefore we are bent on making good legislation to ensure that the state resources are spent judiciously to the benefit of the people of Lagos. Besides as elected representatives, we also partner with the state government to execute various projects. As such part of my constituency obligation, is what we have put in place as the Obalende Transformation Initiative which encompasses the ongoing beautification at the Obalende Round about.
Honourable, incidentally, you represent a constituency that is at the heart of a commercial hub. How do you annex this maximally as a give back to the society?
That is point on. I have a corporate stakeholder forum coming up soon. The intention is to bring the corporate bodies in our constituency to a round table, get feedback from them as to what they expect from us as government, such as improved security and appropriate legislation for better business climate among others. While we also want to use the opportunity to appeal to them on their corporate social responsibility by way of assisting in the provision of some social amenities such as sport complex, health centers, libraries and schools. Already Exxon Mobil has shown the way for other to follow as they have built a primary school for us at Obalende. We are not going to force them into doing this though.
So how soon is your constituency expecting this to come to reality?
I can assure you that by August, we will be on course. We are already consulting and putting modalities in place for a successful forum.
As the Vice Chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology what is the Lagos State government doing to improve education in the public sector?
We have free education in Lagos as a cardinal objective despite several contending issue of funding. Salary alone or if you like recurrent expenditure take over 47 percent of our entire budget every year and this greatly tells on delivery on infrastructure including education. Speaking in my capacity as the Vice Chairman House Committee on Education And Science and Technology, there is going to be an education summit meant to explore new ways to further revamp the educational system in the state. I can assure you that the outcome of the Summit will be very resourceful, robust and presentable to to the state Executive arm and I am sure it will be implemented and the educational system in Lagos State will receive some fresh breath and become a model for other states in the country.
More than ever before, government agencies are now under close watch by the society. If you have an opportunity to rate some of these agencies how would you readily score them?
Within the Assembly, we are setting up a commission. It is called the Lagos State House of Assembly Budget and Discharge Office. There is a department in that office that we are trying to create and I am passionate about that department. What obtains in some other countries is when an agency is established, the agency usually has a number of years that it is intended to run or function. At the end of that period you evaluate that agency.